Emerson Hospital’s Most Popular Baby Names of 2016


In 2016,  more than 1,200 babies were born at Emerson Hospital, representing many different cultures and communities throughout Massachusetts and  New Hampshire.  Their parents chose some very special names.  The most popular names selected by parents who had their babies at Emerson in 2016 were Lucas for a boy and Nora for a girl. In 2015, Lucas was also the most popular boy’s name at Emerson Hospital. Lucas is #5 and Nora is #40 on BabyCenter’s 2016 national list of baby names*.  The most popular names on BabyCenter’s 2016 list were Jackson for a boy and Sophia for a girl.

For a baby boy, honorary mention at Emerson goes to William, which is #25 on Baby Center’s list, and Benjamin which is #14 on their list. Honorary mention for girl names at Emerson goes to Harper and Olivia. Harper was #9 on Baby Center’s list and Olivia was #2.

While the top names at Emerson Hospital in 2016 reflect some of the most popular names in the country, in keeping with tradition, Emerson parents showed some true creativity in selecting their children’s names.  “Emerson parents tend to choose classic or unique names for their babies,” said Loretta Weaver, Birth Registrar at Emerson Hospital. “In the more than 20 years I have recorded birth certificates at Emerson, I have seen thousands of creative names. Every parent wants to choose a meaningful name for their child. Some parents know the name of their child long before they are born, others wait to meet their baby when it arrives to decide on a name. Every time I meet a family and they tell me their new baby’s name I get excited.”

Creative names for boys born at Emerson in 2016 include: Zephyr, Pierce, London, Marshall, Beckett and Gideon. For girls, creative names include: Luna, Everly, Trinity, and Kolby. One baby was named Melania, she shares her name with the First Lady of the United States. 

There were two “Emerson” babies born at the hospital in 2016 – one boy and one girl – just like in 2014 and 2015. Originating as a boy’s name meaning son of Emery, Emerson is becoming a more trendy name for boys and girls. The name Emerson took the #279 spot on BabyCenter’s 2016 list for boys and #161 on its list for girls.

*BabyCenter is among the country’s top parenting and pregnancy digital resource. You can find its list of top baby names here: www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2016.

                                                           # # #

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford, and an urgent care center in Hudson. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.